Professor Thomas Jack Martin AO trained and obtained his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Melbourne. He was appointed as the third director of St Vincent’s Institute in Melbourne in mid-1988.
Under Professor Jack Martin’s stewardship, much expansion of the Institute occurred, with a swell in researcher numbers, Jack has an established international reputation in the field of endocrinology, particularly that of calcium regulation and tumors of bone.
He had recently reported the characterisation and molecular cloning of Parathyroid Hormone-related Protein that proved to be a principal regulator of serum calcium levels, and was also expressed by many cancers.
Professor Jack Martin is held in the highest regard within the research community in Australia and internationally and acknowledgment of his credentials occurred in 2002 when he was appointed to the prestigious position of Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University of Melbourne. He is also the John Holt Fellow at the St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne.
These past forty eight years, Professor Jack Martin’s research work has been prolific. He attained twelve awards, had twelve Patents Granted, held three Visitors International appointments (in UK, United States, and Switzerland), ten Appointments in Australia and three in the UK.
He was invited as a guest lecturer internationally to give seventy five major lectures, served on eight State and National Committees and Boards, and his work has been extensively published in a total of three hundred and eighty original papers, one hundred and fifty five reviews, chapters and editorials, and eight books.
Jack has served ACRF with much distinction and strongly led and guided our honorary MRAC in 2008. Whilst only holding the Chairman’s position for one year, Jack has in addition been a mentor to fellow committee members for some years. He has also provided extensive and very valuable input and guidance to our Board and to our management.
During his tenure, ACRF witnessed a period of accelerated growth in cancer research and the birth of comprehensive cancer centres in Australia. Professor Jack Martin continues in research at St Vincent’s Institute.